Pope Francis Calls the Faithful to Pray and Fast for Peace in Syria, the Middle East, and the World

It will happen this Saturday, September 7th, on the vigil of the birth of Mary. The Holy Father has called for the Church to buck the tide of self-righteous indignation, fed by the wishful thinking that an act of war on the part of the United States, et al, would have any positive ramifications in Syria, and pray and fast for peace instead.

What follows is Pope Francis’s appeal to the Church and to the world, delivered in this mornings remarks before the Angelus prayer. [Read more...]

For the Pause That Refreshes: Thoughts of the Desert Fathers on Living In Harmony

 

Athanasius Kircher’s Diagram of the names of God

A few days ago, I shared some brief thoughts on God by St. Augustine and a lesser know Dominican named Luis de Granada. Short passages they may have been, but they were formulated from swimming in deep waters. The same can be said of the thoughts of the hermits who fled to the deserts of Egypt around the time the Church ceased to be persecuted. [Read more...]

Because of the Disenchantment of Miley Cyrus UPDATED

The Smiths, disenchanted.

The other day I lamented losing an hour to reading Joseph Bottum’s personal essay about his ideas on how the Church should handle the Same Sex Marriage situation.

I would trade that experience in a heartbeat in order to get back the 8 minutes I lost in seeing the depths our culture has sunk to as Miley Cyrus performed at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. [Read more...]

Salman Rushdie on the “Culture of Offendedness,” and Thoughts of Other Authors Whose Names Start With “S”

From The Independent, with a dateline out of Edinburgh, the noted author observes that we’re all too offended nowadays. What? You hadn’t noticed? [Read more...]

To Pray For the People of Egypt And For Peace in the Middle East

I’ve been feeling a bit like Obi Wan Kenobi did after Alderaan was destroyed. Too geeky? Then try Matthew 2:18. Get the picture? The main reason is what has been going down in Syria and in Egypt. [Read more...]

Because I’m a Contrarian

A while back, I mentioned that I am a contrarian. That fact, explained here in a post originally published May 14, 2010, is one of the reasons why I am Catholic.

My wife can tell you that I am wired differently than most people. I tend to go against the crowd. Webster Bull wrote a post a while back called Because I am Usually Howling with the Mob. Not me. I tend to avoid mobs, crowds, and popular opinion. [Read more...]

Do We Have the Will To Remove The Infrastructure of Tyranny We Have Erected?

Think, think, think…

I’m not going to waste a lot of your time recapping what you are already being bombarded with in the news these past few days. The IRS Scandal, everyone is fair game to be spied on, etc.

Justice Antonin Scalia put it well when he wrote the dissent (which was supported also by Justices Kagen, Sotomayor, and Ginsberg) recently in the Supreme Court decision for allowing DNA swabs to be conducted on anyone who is arrested. [Read more...]

To Join Pope Francis In Adoration Of Our Eucharistic Lord…UPDATED

Right here. Right now. [Read more...]

Because of Catholic Mysticism

  

Feast of St. Athanasius

It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years ago. In a way, this modern classic is about mysticism. And when I was reading Algar Thorold’s essay on Catholic Mysticism, I was reminded of one of the final scenes in the movie. [Read more...]

For The Divine Mercy: A Novena (Day 9, Easter Saturday)

This is the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday and we are back to where we started. On this, the final day, we pray for lukewarm Christians. [Read more...]


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